A loan of $3,450 helped a member to invest in expanding her business.

Gemelos Group's story

This group is called 'Gemelos' (Twins) because when the sister of one of the group's members gave birth to twins, it brought a blessing to their business activities. For this reason, they decided to give their group the same name so that it might receive the same blessing. The group is located in the State of Puebla, Mexico.

Brenda T. is the group's treasurer. She is 27 years old, studied up to the sixth year of elementary school, and sells shoes. She also has a stall where she sells 'gorditas' (stuffed corn cakes). Brenda has two children (a son and a daughter). She started making her 'gorditas' three years ago. Her 'gorditas' are stuffed with beans that have been cooked on a special hotplate with salsa and cheese.

Brenda is requesting this loan so that she can rent business premises and also pay a couple of months' rent so that she can work more hygienically as she currently works in the corner of her home. In addition, she would like to buy tables so that she can present a better image and provide more comfort to her diners who have congratulated her on the change that she is planning to make and for having thought of them. She would like to also offer a wider range of snacks.

Brenda feels successful and grateful for the opportunity that she is being given. She hopes that, with this improvement, she will be able to continue helping her husband since he is a construction worker and doesn't have a stable income. She would also like to provide her children with a better education as she didn't receive a good education herself.

In this group: Alejandra, Brenda Columba, Maria Ocotlan, Catalina, Maria Norma, Erika, Maria Chanel, Rosa Viviana, Lourdes
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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